By Colin Killian, Public Communications Director
Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council meeting on Monday, June 12. It’s not the official minutes.
The meeting is streamed live on Optimum Channel 19 and cstx.gov/cstv19. You can also participate online through Microsoft Teams by entering Meeting ID: 223 427 023 174 and Passcode: MvPmTr. You can also call 833-240-7855 and enter Conference: 952 310 468#.
The meeting has started. The council took no action after its executive session. Councilman Dennis Maloney is absent tonight.
Arts Scholarship Recognition
Mayor John Nichols recognized Andrew Lede for receiving a $5,000 James Bradfield Fine Arts Scholarship from the Arts Council of Brazos Valley. Lede plans to study jazz/piano at Loyola University in New Orleans.
The Arts Council has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships over the last 13 years to area high school seniors pursuing a college degree and career in the arts.
One person spoke during Hear Visitors, when citizens may address the council on any item that does not appear on the posted agenda.
• Charles Baff spoke against the new middle housing zoning district.
The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:
• An amendment to a not-to-exceed $697,239.36 contract with St. Joseph Health Medical Group for operating and managing the city’s Employee Health Clinic.
• The first renewal of an annual price agreement not to exceed $1.15 million with Green Teams for city-wide landscape maintenance and mowing.
• A not-to-exceed $339,213 contract with Greenscapes Six and a $50,000 contingency, for a total appropriation of $389,213, for the Lick Creek Hike and Bike Trail Improvements Project.
Capital Projects Update
The council received an update on the city’s ongoing capital improvement projects.
City Hall Room Use Policy
The council discussed policies for the public use of city hall meeting rooms.
Metropolitan Planning Organization Update
The council heard an update on the Safe Streets and Roads for All grant and the implications of the Bryan/College Station Metropolitan Planning Organization transitioning to a Transportation Management Area.
Northeast Trunkline Discussion
The council discussed Phase 4 of the Northeast Trunkline capital project to provide essential sewer capacity to serve Texas A&M and the rapidly expanding area around Northgate.
General Obligation Bonds
The council unanimously voted to authorize $6.9 million in general obligation bonds for projects approved by voters in the 2022 bond election.
Certificates of Obligation Bonds
The council voted 5-1 to authorize $27.5 million in certifications of obligation for utility projects. Councilwoman Elizabeth Cunha voted against the motion.
Standards of Care
After a public hearing, the council unanimously approved an ordinance adopting standards of care for the Parks and Recreation Department’s elementary age (5-13) Youth Recreational Program in compliance with state law.
Dexter Drive Middle Housing Rezoning
After a public hearing, the council unanimously denied a request to change the zoning from General Suburban to Middle Housing for about 0.4 acres at 1100 Dexter Drive south of the Holleman Drive intersection.
Six people spoke during the public hearing.
Scott & White Easement Abandonment
After a public hearing, the council unanimously voted to approve the abandonment of a 0.2938-acre portion of a 20-foot public utility easement in the Baylor Scott & White Healthcare Subdivision.
Patricia Street ROW Abandonment
After a public hearing, the council unanimously voted to approve the abandonment of a 0.087-acre portion of undeveloped right-of-way on Patricia Street between 1st Street and University Drive.
Holleman Drive Easement Abandonment
After a public hearing, the council unanimously voted to approve the abandonment of a 60-foot wide public utility easement in the Post Oak Mall subdivision on Holleman Drive.
Tennis Courts Design Contract
The council voted unanimously to approve a $200,000 contract with Mitchell & Morgan for designing the Bee Creek and Central Park tennis court projects approved by voters in the 2022 bond election.
Bachmann Building Projects
The council voted unanimously to approve a $674,415 contract with Burditt Land|Place for designing the for Bachmann Little League and Senior League building projects approved by voters in the 2022 bond election.
Central Park Operations Shop Project
The council voted unanimously to approve a $477,000 contract with The Arkitex Studio for designing the Central Park Operations Shop project approved by voters in the 2022 bond election.
Mayor Nichols adjourned the meeting after the council discussed its calendar, items of community interest, committee and board reports, and future agenda items.
The council meets again on Thursday, June 22.
About the Blogger
Colin Killian has been with the City of College Station since 2010 after serving 23 years as the associate media relations director for the Texas A&M Athletics Department. He has also worked as a reporter and editor for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and Lewisville News. A native of Hobbs, N.M., Killian graduated from Texas Tech with a bachelor’s degree in journalism/political science.
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